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Across the Great Divide: A Case Study of Complementarity and Conflict Between Customary Law and TK Protection Legislation in Peru

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Tobin, Brendan; Taylor, Emily
Date: 2009
Agency: Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA), Lima
Series: Initiative for the Prevention of Biopiracy, Year IV, no. 11
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6132
Sector: Social Organization
Region: South America
Subject(s): indigenous institutions
indigenous knowledge
local governance and politics
Abstract: "Indigenous peoples and local communities have developed an expansive body of traditional knowledge which plays a vital role in securing their cultural, spiritual, social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Protected, enhanced and transmitted over centuries, traditional knowledge forms part of and at the same time regulates and controls indigenous and local community knowledge systems as they serve present needs and respond to new challenges and opportunities."

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